Friday, November 21, 2014

5 On Friday

Happy Friday! Thank goodness. Can you believe Thanksgiving is less than a week away! Which means there are 4 Fridays until Christmas.  How scary is that?  I can't even wrap my head around it!  Well, I am linking up with April, DarciChristina, and Natasha
for their 5 on Friday linkup!

[One]
I ordered our Christmas cards two weeks ago, and received them at the beginning of this week.  Please tell me I am not alone on this one.  I was so eager to order them with our wedding photos, as this will be the only year it's somewhat "acceptable" to have our wedding photos on Christmas cards at all! I searched high and low for the cutest, inexpensive cards out there.  Shutterfly ended up being the winner. When we received them in the mail, the first box had about 25 cards damaged due to moisture.  I let them know and they rushed a new set over without question.  Talk about great customer service right thuurrr!

 [Two]
I am so in love with my Birthday gift from the hubby.  He got me these adorable Michael Kors boots that I had been swooning over for quite some time. I ended up having to get a half size bigger, and they finally arrived so of course I am sporting them today :) along with my new fleece lined leggings (so comfy) from Jane!



[Three]
I just purchased a Silhouette Cameo Vinyl printer.  I cannot wait to receive it and create more things for my etsy shop.  Any suggestions let me know!  I'd love to create something for you!

 [Four]
So I keep hearing about snowstorms and -4 degree weather, and here I am in sunny California complaining about the 63 degree weather today.  I think I need to be more Thankful that I am not stuck in the snow.  Prayers out to those who are freezing today!

 [Five]
 I am very excited about celebrating Thanksgiving with the hubby's family this year.  It'll be my first year not home with my parents, and our first year Black Friday Shopping.  I - am - scared - to - death!  Luckily we will be with his parents and brother while shopping so we'll have the support system haha!  The whole shopping with large amounts of people scares the crap out of me.

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  Also linking up with Amanda, Jennie, Rebecca, Leslie, & Amy

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Uber vs. Taxi


I'm sure most of you have used a taxi service at least once in your lifetime.   For most, it seems like the convenient thing to do.  I started using Uber about a year ago and always enjoyed the services, yet wasn't quite sure how to compare it to a taxi in terms of pricing.  What I realized this past weekend is how much more inexpensive Uber was versus a Taxi.

We took an Uber from our home to downtown by the beach which is about a 29 mile drive.
It ended up being $41, and we were able to split it amongst the 4 of us.
That included tip!  It was so easy --you get in, you get out, all without the hassle of dealing with the payment once you arrive at your destination.  It automatically does it for you.

On the way home, we just hopped in the nearest taxi thinking it would be the same, give or take a few bucks.  It ended up costing $98, and mind you, that is WITHOUT a tip.  Not to mention the taxi driver was a complete douche bag. (He wouldn't allow us to split the fare, but lied to us about it and charged the first persons card the full amount all while adding in his own tip)

Needless to say, UBER has won me over.  There are so many other great bonuses about uber. Such as, tracking where your driver is located and getting his ETA,  rating your driver, splitting the fare between your friends with a simple tap of a button, AND getting $30 off your first ride using this code: m29g4

It's a win-win! Who doesn't want to try a free ride, what do you have to lose?

Download uber NOW on your smart phone or tablet, and use the code (m29g4) under the promotions tab to make sure you get your $30 off, and when you need it on a night out it'll be ready and waiting for you!

*I was not asked by Uber to write this, or compensated.  This is straight up my 100% opinion based on my personal experience using the service.

 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Mouthwatering Garlic Cheese Toast Recipe

If you're anything like me, then you love the good taste of garlic cheese toast.  Anything with cheese is perfect in my book.  I  stumbled upon this recipe online and put my own twist to it, by using different bread and slicing it in half instead of using Texas Toast.   The husband approves, and I'm sure you will too!  Today I am linking up for Taste of Tuesday with Emily from Martinis and Bikinis and Kate at Green Fashionista.


 
Spread 1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
dash black pepper
dash paprika

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

2. Combine all ingredients for the spread in a bowl

3. Smear the spread generously on each side of the Texas toast or on the face of each half of the french loaf.        

4. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until cheese begins to brown and bubble.

5. Makes about 12 slices of toast or two large halves of french bread



Recipe derived from here.


 
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Weekend Recap

Hey Shawtyyy.. It's my Birdayyyyyyy! Whoop whoop!
I had the best Birthday weekend!

Friday Night I went to Happy Hour at Fridays with my husband and his friend Kyle.  We had a few beers and snacked and were really eager to go bowling.  So we got a few friends together and met them at the bowling alley.  We didn't put our names in right away because we were waiting on a few people, so we went to the bar and ended up drinking for a few hours before we realized we forgot to put our names in!  Hey-- it allowed us plenty-o-time to get drunky.  So drunk bowling was pretty awesome and I dominated the first game.


Saturday my husband took me to a nice dinner at our favorite restaurant--Mastros.  OH my gosh, if you haven't tried it, you should.  The steaks are always perfect sizzling with butter, and they have delicious mac-n-cheese.    Our server gave me a huge slice of chocolate cake too!  We were so full, we had to take the cake home!  (Hubby gifted me these amazing Michael Kors boots that I've been crushing on for a while) !  


After our amazing dinner, our friends met us at our house to pregame before continuing the festivities.  We went out to Huntington Beach where they have a row of bars to choose from.  We started at one bar, had some snacks and shots and a few cocktails of course, and then continued to a few more bars. We had way too much fun! 


Sunday we snoozed till about 11, and went to the store to grab some things to BBQ and watch football.  I of course bought Bloody Mary mix, and made homemade Bloody Marys while the boys cooked carne asada and had homemade tacos.  I fell in and out of sleep all day.  Lazy Sundays are the best.  My hubby gave my my Birthday card that read "Sealed with my spit!" haha 
 


Monday was my actual birthday and I let my boss know I was going to use a sick day.  A co-worker of mine has the same Birthday as me, so we both went to grab Rainbows, which is a blended drink made with 6 different flavors, all with a lot of alcohol per drink! They are delicious and really hit the spot!

Monday night I had Birthday dinner with my parents (it was also their Wedding Anniversary- 41 years!)  We went to this beautiful restaurant called OC Mining Company on top of the hill that had a breathtaking view.  It was delicious.  We really enjoyed ourselves, and the view of course!


Overall, I had the best Birthday Weekend! I wouldn't change anything! I think 26 is going to be a good year!





Friday, November 14, 2014

Holiday Happenings

As you all know, the Holidays are just around the corner!  They are coming faster than I can even keep up with!  I was browsing online for gifts for friends and family.  I found the cutest gift options on Jane.com.  Seriously, they have so many great things right now at unbeatable prices, but you better act quick because the deals are ending fast and they may sell out!
These are just a handful of the selections Jane has right now:

Personalized Monogram Purse | Personalized Pillow Cover | Designer Inspired Boots
Fleece Lined Leggings | Monogram Bracelet | Personalized Mug
Holiday Table Runners | Nail Decals for $1.99! | Holiday Coffee Tumbler




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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Our Wedding Video

Our Wedding Video *highlight* has arrived! (Gosh I cannot wait to get the whole thing!)   Aaaand I may or may not have cried while watching it.  It was like reliving the day all over again and seeing parts we missed out on.  I wish we could replay that day over and over again. { Thankfully we have the whole wedding recap video so we can replay it again }  I am so glad we went through with hiring a professional wedding videographer to capture our special moments.  We toyed with the idea, but it was the last thing we booked.  I am SO glad we did.  Although it was pricey, it was worth every penny!    I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. ( P.S. it's better with the sound )

Lisa & Brock from Plug Wedding Films on Vimeo.

Crazy how we have been married for exactly 4 months now.  Time sure flies! So my tip for all you future brides, enjoy and take it every moment. 

P.S. Today marks 4 months of being married!
 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Weekend Recap

Good Morning! and happy Monday!  I am co-hosting with Bella And The City for our Weekend Recap!  

Friday evening the hubby and I cooked steaks and watched some of our favorite shows we recorded that we were unable to watch during the week.  We took the pups on a walk and kept it simple.

Saturday we woke up bright and early to go on a run.  Mind you, we have not ran in a very long time.  So it was pretty interesting, and I can assure you that I felt like death afterwards. (Not to mention my legs killing me the next day) Boy am I outta shape!   We went to run some errands and of course got me a late lunch before we went out for the evening.  We ended up going to our favorite country bar called The Ranch, and I danced my little booty off and of course had a few cocktails.


I sent my best friend this selfie before we went out:




Sunday the hubs had a baseball lesson to give, so I stayed home and finished unpacking from my Nebraska trip.  No matter what, it always takes me like two weeks to unpack from a trip.  So I have a huge pile of clothes just chillin' in my suitcase.  I will finish it... one day.  Later that night, we went to the Dollar Tree to pick up a few Christmas decorations (btw, they have really stepped up their game!)  We went to grab an early dinner and watched some TV at home with puppy snuggles. We ended up passing out by 9pm, Who does this?!?!   This whole time change has got me thrown off!


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